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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Bristow, Virginia

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Manassas is the county seat for Prince William County
Bristow is in Prince William County
      Prince William County (647)  
      Fairfax County (689)  
      Fauquier County (116)  
      Loudoun County (312)  
      Manassas (70)  
      Manassas Park (7)  
      Stafford County (202)  
      Charles County, Maryland (149)  
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1Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — "I Expect We Had Better Charge"Bristoe Station 1863
As the North Carolinians moved down the slope behind you, Union artillery took a heavy toll on the Confederate infantry. A shell-burst killed Heth's horse, while another severely wounded both Kirkland and Cooke, taking them out of the fight. The . . . Map (db m151293) HM
2Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — "We are in hell and fire on all sides"Bristoe Station 1863
As Cooke's Brigade charged toward the railroad, they soon were in a foot race with Union reinforcements. Union troops reached the railroad first and unleashed their firepower against Cooke. One Union soldier wrote that the Confederates were, . . . Map (db m151291) HM
3Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — "We Have Never Blushed Before"Bristoe Station 1863
As the Carolinians pulled back from their attack, an artillery duel continued over the battlefield. The rest of Lee's army arrived under Lt. Gen. Richard Ewell, bringing, 45,000 Confederates facing 8,000 Union troops. Darkness saved Warren's . . . Map (db m151288) HM
4Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — “We Shall Bag the Whole Crowd”Bristoe Station
By 4:30 pm, Ewell saw the approach of Hooker’s two regiments to the north and the withdrawal of the 60th Georgia along the railroad. In the center, Forno’s Louisianans were already slowly pulling back. The arrival of Federal artillery and more . . . Map (db m167477) HM
5Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — G-19 — Action at Bristoe Station
On 26 August 1862 Maj. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s command, led by Col. Thomas T. Munford’s 2d Virginia Cavalry and Maj. Gen. Richard S. Ewell’s division, arrived here at sunset after marching 54 miles in two days around Maj. . . . Map (db m4852) HM
6Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — Alabama CemeteryBristoe Station
In 1862, Federal soldiers in the area found as many as 82 men buried here. Here is a list of known burials in this cemetery as of 2012. As many as 41 are still unknown. William P. Adams Jesse Frank Nabors James Barber William Nunnelly J.G. . . . Map (db m64198) HM
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7Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — Battle Along the RailroadBristoe Station
The devastating crossfire provided by the 60th Georgia to your right on the other side of the railroad tracks had nearly an entire Federal brigade pinned down in this field. The Georgians used the cuts and fills along the railroad as a parapet to . . . Map (db m59402) HM
8Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — G-20 — Battle of Bristoe Station
In the autumn of 1863, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, with Lt. Gen. A. P. Hill’s III Corps in the lead, pursued Maj. Gen. George G. Meade’s Union army as it withdrew towards Washington. On the afternoon of 14 October, Maj. Gen. . . . Map (db m154867) HM
9Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — Battles at Bristoe Station
Honoring the 150th Anniversary of the Battles at Bristoe StationMap (db m151285) WM
10Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — Brent Town and BristowEarly Settlements
George Brent, an English Catholic and member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, joined with English merchants Robert Bristow, Richard Foote, and Nicholas Hayward in 1687 to purchase 30,000 acres here. They bought the tract from the Fairfax . . . Map (db m143100) HM
11Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — Bristoe 1861-1862 TrailBristoe Station
Welcome to Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The park interprets three important Civil war events that took place around Bristoe Station. This trail focuses on the fall 1861 Confederate encampment known as “Camp Jones” and the . . . Map (db m59032) HM
12Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — Bristoe 1863 TrailBristoe Station
Welcome to Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. The park interprets three important Civil War events that took place around Bristoe Station between 1861-1865. This trail focuses on the Battle of Bristoe Station that was fought here on . . . Map (db m154870) HM
13Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — Bristoe Station"Twice Baptized"
The Civil War transformed this area. Between 1861 and 1865, thousands of both Federal and Confederate soldiers passed through this region. local road networks allowed soldiers to march rapidly in either direction. While the roads were important, . . . Map (db m143099) HM
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14Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park
Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park is one of Prince William County's most treasured open spaces. This peaceful landscape features over 2.7 miles of walking and equestrian trails. Wildlife abounds in the fields, woods and ponds. Evidence of . . . Map (db m20177) HM
15Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park
Twice baptized in blood for Liberty's sake, it will be a place to which in after times pilgrimages will be made by those who reverence the glorious, though suffering, past. — Chaplain Joseph Hopkins Twichell, November . . . Map (db m167450) HM
16Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — Camp JonesBristoe Station
From August through November of 1861, thousands of Confederate soldiers filled the acres surrounding Bristoe Station. These men belonged to the brigades of Brig. Gens. Henry Whiting and Cadmus Wilcox. This encampment was named Camp Jones after Col. . . . Map (db m59038) HM
17Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — CemeteriesBristoe Station
The area around Bristoe became the final resting place for hundreds of soldiers who died in Northern Virginia. Soldiers from Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia created state cemeteries to bury their comrades. Burial details . . . Map (db m59485) HM
18Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — Confederate Cemeteries
During the late summer of 1861, Confederate troops from Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia camped in the vicinity of Bristoe Station. Typhoid, measles, and other contagious diseases quickly swept through these camps . . . Map (db m154871) HM
19Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — Confederates in BristoeBristoe Station
On the afternoon of August 26, 1862, about 350 yards ahead, you would have witnessed a long line of freight trains containing dusty Federal infantrymen passing from the marshalling yards of Alexandria (to your left) on their way to the Federal camps . . . Map (db m59301) HM
20Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — Davis Family FarmsteadBristoe Station
In this vicinity stood the home of Thomas K. Davis and his family. Davis purchased 136 acres in 1858 and by 1861 had built a substantial home, barn and outbuildings here. Davis also operated a store in the village of Bristoe Station at the northwest . . . Map (db m68483) HM
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21Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — Deadly Day for Excelsior BrigadeBristoe Station
Prior to the action along the railroad, Brig. Gen. Nelson Taylor’s New York brigade, better known as the “Excelsior Brigade” came into the field here. Knowing little of the situation before arriving on the field, Taylor observed the . . . Map (db m59407) HM
22Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — Federal Winter Quarter
In the winter of 1863-1864 thousands of Pennsylvania soldiers encamped in the farms and woodlots surrounding Bristoe Station. With easy access to the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, a pair of North-South and East-West roads, and a source of . . . Map (db m151271) HM
23Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — Fight for a Pine ThicketBristoe Station
As the Confederates fell back in confusion, General Thomas Smyth's Brigade was ordered to cross the railroad in front of you into what was then a pine tree thicket and attack the Confederate flank. With fixed bayonets, the Federals entered the . . . Map (db m151289) HM
24Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — Here Lie Men from the State of AlabamaAugust - December 1861
These men died from disease incurred while at Camp Jones near Bristoe Station and from numerous battles in Northern Virginia "Fame's temple boasts no higher name, no king is grander on his throne: no glory shines with brighter . . . Map (db m151272) HM WM
25Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — In the Footsteps of North CarolinaBristoe Station 1863
Gen. Hill now had nearly 4,000 North Carolinians moving forward to intercept the retreating Union Fifth Corps. Across the railroad track, to your right, elements of the Union Second Corps under Gen. Warren trudged wearily toward Bristoe Station. . . . Map (db m151282) HM
26Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — Lee Catches MeadeBristoe Station
At approximately 2 pm, the lead elements of Lee's army reached the hills in front of you. These men were part of Lt. Gen. Ambrose Powell Hill's Corps and they saw before them a rare opportunity to intercept and destroy a significant portion of . . . Map (db m154868) HM
27Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — Lee's Last Move North: The Bristoe Station Campaign of 1863Bristoe Station
After the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863, the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia commanded by Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Union Army of the Potomac commanded by Maj. Gen. George G. Meade settled in central Virginia on either side of the . . . Map (db m151278) HM
28Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — McIntosh's BatteryBristoe Station 1863
As the North Carolina brigades advanced down the hill, Maj. David G. McIntosh was ordered to advance his artillery battalion here to support the Confederate attack. Hill chose the location over the protest of McIntosh due to its exposed position. . . . Map (db m151284) HM
29Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — Preparing for BattleBristoe Station
As dawn broke on August 27, 1862, Stonewall Jackson moved two of his divisions up the railroad to the main Federal supply depot at Manassas Junction, leaving three brigades of Maj. Gen. Richard S. Ewell’s Division as a rear guard at Bristoe. Ewell’s . . . Map (db m59325) HM
30Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — E-54 — Road to the Valley
By the first quarter of the 1700s, revisions to the road laws in the colony mandated more convenient travel routes over land. In conjunction with new settlement pushing west through the Piedmont region to the Blue Ridge, a series of old Indian . . . Map (db m781) HM
31Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — Roads to Bristoe StationBristoe Station
In June of 1862, fighting in Virginia was focused around the Confederate Capital in Richmond. In a series of battles known as the Seven Days Campaign, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee beat back Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan’s Federal Army of the . . . Map (db m59036) HM
32Virginia (Prince William County), Bristow — The "Tigers" of LouisianaBristoe Station
In this creek bed, three Louisiana regiments made a stand. These men, many recruited from the wharves of New Orleans, had already established a reputation as hard fighters and were labeled “Tigers” by their comrades. Their brigade . . . Map (db m165660) HM
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Dec. 5, 2022